Your humble blogger here could have voted for Maria Hutchings – why not? Her views on many matters are mine, she’s a married mother of four and clearly of the area she would have represented, she’s of middle England, in which I’m at my most comfortable and it looks as if her voting record would be dry. If I’d met her, I’d have got on with her and though she wasn’t really up to the task, she’s a thousand times better than the ignochicks Mensch, May, Smith et al and now this Lane Fox Martha person.
So was Diane James good [anyone with James in the name is generally all right as far as I’m concerned]. I can’t understand this thing of going on at Nigel for not standing. For goodness sake – if the party is to become the new conservative party, it has to field quality candidates and Diane James is talented, experienced and genuine – she’s a damned good candidate for UKIP.
Nigel was absolutely right not to stand because there is a Nigel factor and in a Lib Dem area, it might not have gone down so well. How much of the 28% was Nigel and how much Diane herself? I suspect a lot of the latter. I could have voted for her too.
And that’s what UKIP must now do – it must avoid the loon tag, even avoid the likes of my type as PPCs and start to put Diane Jameses or James Dianes [the male equivalent] into place. The route is council elections and the Europarliament but more the former – get a base built up, get about in the constituencies, be present and clear in the message.
But above all, they must remain open to people’s wishes as a nation and into protecting freedoms because that’s what conservatism should be – classical liberalism, verging on libertarianism.
There’s a palpable excitement now about UKIP, not just as the protest vote or the one trick pony but as middle England represented.
Don’t get me wrong – of course we have to dump party politics within the decade because it is hijacked and asphyxiated by Them and party politics is a hijacked game but there has to be a route in to actually do that, to wrest control from the elite and this is one way in – by degrees, getting good people like Diane James on the ground in every borough.
This view in comments [below] pretty well sums up how disillusioned conservatives feel:
The Conservative Party will never be elected to government with Cameron and his placed progressive liberal conservatives (WTF is that?), still there. No real conservative would ever vote for such lily livered, weak, and inherently ‘Anti-Conservative’ policies.
UKIP holds the center stage of politics and there’s no reason why it should not continue to climb and surge until it gains seats. It has policies. People know what it stands for. They can trust it and trust its leader to do what he says he will do if given the chance.
Cameron should never have been made leader and the entire party is to blame for that. He WANTS immigration to continue as it is. He WANTS the EU to continue. He WANTS to continue to change the culture of this country same as Blair, and he puts his gay friends above the people he is there to serve.
Such arrogance cannot be rewarded.
Look, it’s not the final answer, which is direct democracy and I’d have a merit factor in there but shan’t push that now. UKIP has enormous flaws which have to be fixed and it must get electable people of principle in place. If it does that, then they’d walk into power because that’s what people are after – PPCs of integrity and decency, perhaps with a sense of humour, who can be relied on to do as they say they will as our representatives.
Nigel must not blow it, must not let it go to his head. He’s way beyond being open to the Tories now, working with them or going into coalition with them – he should now be seriously into replacing them as a political force, taking the true conservatives with him and eventually calling them some name – I don’t know, United Kingdom Party perhaps.
Had to smile at his take on the result: “We might have won but the Tories came in and split our vote.”
There must be open preselection and if he gets dumped as leader, then so be it. Keep the pressure on him to keep upping his game.
I believe UKIP are far more now than just a flash in the pan or a protest vote. I believe they are replacing the Tories in people’s minds and the best parts of conservatism.
Exhibit 1 – Man in a Shed. Staunch Tory for so long, not enamoured of my apparent treachery towards the Tories as a blogger some years back when taking a set against Cameron and Co but now writing:
Labour can’t win anywhere south of the M4 – so if you want to punish the Coalition in Eastleigh vote UKIP.
Make a real difference – vote UKIP. As an added bonus UKIP clearly have the best candidate who would make the best MP.
Absolutely. Mind you, the Lib Dem was a halfway reasonable person, he seems a good person at heart but of course, his head is stuffed with maggots politically.